Galactic Philadelphia Literary Salon | In-Person

Date / Time

  • January 18, 2023
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Curated by Lawrence M. Schoen and Sally Wiener Grotta  


  • Admission is $15. Student admission is $10. 50% off for Rosenbach members, free for the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].


For the first time, the Rosenbach Museum & Library is partnering with Galactic Philadelphia for a speculative fiction literary salon. Hear from Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and C.S.E. Cooney as they read from their latest work and converse with them and other guests in an informal and engaging salon-style conversation. Before the readings, you’ll get the chance to explore the Rosenbach with a tour of Dr. Rosenbach’s library or the Programs Gallery special exhibition. We’ll convene for readings at 6:15 p.m., get books signed by the authors and be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free book! Finally, although the Rosenbach will close at 8 p.m., the audience is invited to continue their conversation at a nearby pub. 

The authors’ books will be available for sale throughout the evening. Every attendee will receive one raffle ticket (included in your ticket) for a chance to win books of recently published or about to be released books by various authors. 

About the Authors 

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki* is a speculative fiction writer, editor, & publisher from Nigeria. He is a World Fantasy, Nebula, Nommo, Otherwise & BFA winner & a Hugo, Locus, WFA, Sturgeon & BSFA finalist. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Strange Horizons, Galaxy’s Edge, Apex, Asimov’s,, and more. He edited the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology, the Bridging Worlds anthology & co-edited the Dominion and Africa Risen anthologies. He’s a 2022 CanCon guest of honor and 2023 ICFA guest of honor.

* pronounced UH-ge-ne-chah-we Donald AY-PAY-kee


C. S. E. Cooney (she/her) is a World Fantasy Award-winning author. Her book Saint Death’s Daughter is on’s list of Best Books of 2022 and Kirkus Review’s list of Year’s Science Fiction and Best Fantasy 2022. Other books include, Dark BreakersDesdemona and the Deep, and Bone Swans: Stories, as well as the poetry collection How to Flirt in Faerielandand Other Wild Rhymes, which includes her Rhysling Award-winning poem The Sea King’s Second Bride. Her novel The Twice-Drowned Saint (previously found in the anthology A Sinister Quartet) will be released in February 2023 from Mythic Delirium.

About the Curators 

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Astounding, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, and founded the Klingon Language Institute, an organization dedicated to the study of the world’s most popular fictional language. He occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. Other novels take a very different tone, exploring aspects of determinism and free will, generally redefining the continua between life and death. Sometimes he blurs the funny and the serious. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife and their dog. ( 

Sally Wiener Grotta is an award-winning writer, speaker, and photographer whose books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network Book). Daughters of Eve, a collection of essays on women of the Bible, will be published by Bayit in 2023. Her stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of publications. As a journalist, she’s traveled to all the continents, plus many remote islands, covering a wide diversity of cultures and traditions. Her far-ranging experiences flavor her stories and presentations with a sense of wonder, respect for human potential and a healthy dose of common sense. Sally is co-chair of The Authors Guild Philadelphia Region Chapter. ( 


Space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. 

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